Foundation Certificate in Computing

This foundation course in computing teaches students a broad range of computing knowledge and skills. The Foundation classes will help students to reach GCE A-level equivalent standard.

The Foundation Certificate is perfect for consolidating your computing knowledge and for preparing you to study in higher education. Our Foundation course will provide you with the best possible preparation for your time at the University.

Subject outline

Your Foundation classes prepare you for further education at Nottingham Trent University. All Foundation Certificate courses at Nottingham Trent International College contain the following elements:

  • Academic skills modules
  • Subject modules

Academic and language support is also provided throughout the course.

Start dates

See key dates for this course.

Academic skills modules

Develop key academic skills including research, writing, presentation and analysis skills during your foundation computer level studies.

Subject modules

These cover the basics of your chosen area of study during your Foundation classes so that you have the knowledge you need to progress to NTU. On completion you will progress to more specialised study that focuses on the topics and skills that you will need most in your chosen undergraduate degree course.

All modules are taught with your progression to Nottingham Trent University in mind, and have been specially designed to meet the needs of international students.

Our computing courses have fantastic facilities

All Computing courses are taught at Nottingham Trent University’s City Campus, a short bus ride from the main campus. £8million has been spent on new computing facilities and equipment in the new Computing and Informatics building.

Progress to Nottingham Trent University

When you successfully complete your course to the required level you are guaranteed a place on year one of a related degree at Nottingham Trent University, or to the International Year One in Computing at the International College, from which you can progress to the second year of a degree at the University.

Course modules

Two- and three-term core modules

  • Skills for Study 1, 2 and 3
  • Language for Study 2 and 3*
  • Algorithms, Programming and Data Representation
  • Interpreting Visual Culture
  • Introduction to AV Media and Technology
  • Introduction to Multimedia and Communication Studies

Three-term (Enhancement) extra modules

  • Personal Development and Pre-Study Skills
  • Introduction to British Society and Culture
  • Preparatory Mathematics and Information Communication Technology

Three-term (Language) extra modules

  • Language for Study 1

*Three-term students will also take a Language for Study 1 and additional hours for Language for Study 2 and 3.